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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Keep 'em coming! I'm McLovin' these releases!Dec 3 2009
Razz N Jazz
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Dragon Ball is an amazing series. While Dragon Ball Z is the more famous anime series because of all its super battles, Dragon Ball is actually a little bit more enjoyable because of its light-hearted humor mixed with more traditional fight scenes. With Dragon Ball FUNimation is releasing the series in an amazing and affordable format. These releases are much better handled than the Dragon Ball Z releases being that they are not cropped and the original opening and closing themes are sung in English! If you're a fan of the Dragon Ball manga or Dragon Ball Z, then I truly suggest you get Dragon Ball. With a release of 30-31 episodes a season this volume is the midway point of the series.
Volume 1: Episodes 1-31 (31 episodes) Pilaf Saga -> Training/1st Tournament Saga -> Start of Red Ribbon Army Saga
Volume 2: Episodes 32-61 (30 episodes) Continuation of Red Ribbon Army Saga
The following are pure speculation and often FUNimation makes wacky choices when they divided their seasons, but if they had any sense volumes 4 & 5 should be the way I list it here as it would complete two sagas with their respective season releases.
Volume 3: Episodes 62-92 (31 episodes) End of Red Ribbon Army Saga -> The Complete Fortuneteller Baba Saga -> Start of Tien Shinhan/2nd Tournament Saga
62 "Sacred Water" 63 "The Return of Goku" 64 "The Last of Mercenary Tao" 65 "Confront the Red Ribbon Army" 66 "A Real Bind" 67 "The End of Commander Red " 68 "The Last Dragon Ball" 69 "Who is Fortuneteller Baba?" 70 "We Are The Five Warriors" 71 "Deadly Battle" 72 "Goku's Turn to Fight" 73 "The Devilmite Beam" 74 "The Mysterious Fifth Man" 75 "The Strong Ones" 76 "The True Colors of the Masked Man" 77 "Pilaf's Tactics" 78 "The Eternal Dragon Rises" 79 "Terror and Plague" 80 "Goku vs. Sky Dragon" 81 "Goku Goes to Demon Land" 82 "The Rampage of InoShikaCho" 83 "Which Way To Papaya Island? " 84 "Rivals and Arrivals" 85 "Preliminary Peril" 86 "Then There Were Eight" 87 "Yamcha vs. Tien" 88 "Yamcha's Big Break" 89 "Full-Moon Vengeance" 90 "The Dodon Wave" 91 "Counting Controversy!" 92 "Goku Enters the Ring"
Volume 4: Episodes 93-122 (30 episodes) The End of Tien Shinhan/2nd Tournament Saga -> The Complete Demon King Piccolo Saga
Volume 5: 123-153 (31 episodes) The Complete Piccolo Jr. Saga/3rd Tournament Saga -> End of Dragon Ball
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Dragonball is amazing!Feb. 14 2010
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I have always loved Dragonball Z since it debuted in America in 1996. I own every episode and have watched the series beginning to end more times than I can count. The crazy thing is I never watched Dragonball until now in 2010. I absolutely love it. I bought the season 1, 2, and 3 box sets and I am addicted to it. It changes the way I look at DBZ, I love them both. My only problem is waiting for the last 2 box sets. I wish I became a fan later this year :). I could watch it on the net but waiting 2-3 months will make it an even greater treat and my anticipation will be through the roof. I love the Japanese music they have, its different than the American music in that there are a lot more quiet scenes in DB than the Faulconer dub of DBZ. In the BF DBZ dub they play music for everything in this there are more quiet scenes. Its great!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Getting better!May 4 2010
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Dragon Ball Season 3 features the last episodes of the Red Ribbon Army saga, the complete Baba Saga, and the beginning of the twenty second world tournament also known as the Tienshinhan Saga.
For starters we finally get to see Goku complete his training atop Korin's tower and get his rematch with Tao. The second round between the two is the best fight to date, but it will be outdone even by the end of this set. Things finally start to get better from here.
After apparently killing Tao and getting his revenge for Bora's death, Goku decides to take the battle right to the Red Ribbon army. Roshi, Krillin, and Yamcha try to join in, but the battle is over by the time they arrive. Goku single-handedly takes out every single member of the army with no help at all. He doesn't even have any trouble until he runs into Assistant Black, but even then Black is no real challenge for Goku. Even with the aid of a rather robust looking mecha suit, Black is simply no match for Goku. Finally the monolithic ship that was the Red Ribbon Army saga has sunk and we can put it behind us.
But with the death of Bora Goku finds renewed vigor for hunting for the dragon balls. Aided by his friends and the young Upa, the team sets out to find all seven balls so they can restore the life of Upa's father Bora. However the dragon radar has broken. With no alternative, the team visits Roshi's sister, the fortune teller Baba. However the old witch isn't willing to help the kids unless they prove themselves by completing her tournament. Baba's fighters are largely unimpressive. First there's a vampire, who actually manage to defeat Krillin but is then beaten by the tag team of Puar and Upa (yeah, picture that one!). The second opponent is an invisible fighter who, once made visible, is incredibly easy for Yamcha to defeat. In the third battle Yamcha loses to a Mummy as they fight in a giant toilet bowl (yup) and Goku jumps in and defeats the monster with a single blow. A devil man appears for the next battle and uses a special attack that turns a person's evil thoughts into lethal energy, but Goku has no evil thoughts so the beam does no harm to him, and Goku wins again.
Yeah, sounds like a yawn fest so far, right? Well things finally pick up in the main event when a masked fighter trounces Goku and reveals himself to be none other than Grandpa Gohan, come back to life for a day so he can test Goku's abilities. After a touching scene where Goku is reunited with his Grandpa, Baba finally decides to help the group. She uses her crystal ball to find the last dragon ball. Goku proceeds to capture it but once again comes to face Emperor Pilaf. As usual Pilaf and his minions prove to be a complete waste of time as Goku plows right through them. With the final ball in hand Goku makes his whish and Bora's life is restored. When the dragon balls spiral into the air to scatter to the winds, Goku manages to jump up after them and catch his Grandpa's Dragon Ball so that he doesn't have to go hunting for it again.
A few unremarkable filler episodes take place while Goku travels the world to train for the upcoming tournament. Along the way he runs into Tien and Chiaotzu, two villainous martial artists using their pet Inoshikocho to scam local villagers. A brief scuffle reveals Tien to be quite powerful, but is inconclusive. Eventually the twenty second world martial arts tournament begins, and things really heat up.
This tournament focuses on the rivalry between Roshi's Turtle school and Shen's Krane school. Roshi's students consist of Yamcha, Krillin, and Goku while Shen sends in Tien and Chiaotzu. The saga is not complete in this set, but the first round is there and features some excellent fights. The preliminaries feature some points of interest as well as Nam returns from the first tournament but is nearly killed by Tien. Goku goes on to defeat King Chappa, a martial artist who won the tournament before the year Goku competed without being struck once. However the former champ is no match for Goku.
The first round starts off with a kick as Yamcha has a terrific fight with Tien. The two fighters have been building up their rivalry since they met before the preliminaries and this battle is the ultimate culmination of that feud. Tien and Yamcha pull out some fantastic moves, while Yamcha performs his first Kamehameha wave, Tien easily turns it away. Roshi, as Jackie Chun, has a rather dull fight with a werewolf type character who's upset that Jackie destroyed the moon. The fight between Chiaotzu and Krillin is remarkable for being the only time that we get to actually see Chiaotzu fight, as well as being the moment that the viewers find out Mercenary Tao was actually Shen's brother and Tien's teacher. This makes the rivalry between the schools far more personal, and Tien is intent to kill Goku for revenge. The final episode is Goku's fight against a character named Pamput who's a martial arts actor. Needless to say that the fight is the least impressive throughout the entire tournament, including the preliminaries. What's worse is that the fight is dragged out with this needlessly long pre-fight event where Pamput's manager tries to distract Goku long enough for Pamput to get the win by default, which is botched by Launch.
But the battles will only get better from here. This season shows when the series really starts to catch it's stride and begins to evolve into the series it would eventually become. I highly recommend this box set. Despite the way the story starts to drag after the defeat of Mercenary Tao and until the start of the tournament, it's still an excellent buy. Well worth it for those fights alone. But more importantly, make sure you get the next one. It's even better!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Season Three of "Dragon Ball" is an action-packed, all out fight fest!March 10 2010
Dennis A. Amith (kndy)
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t's the series that started it all... "Dragon Ball". Originally, a manga series written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama for "Shonen Jump", the manga series lasted from 1984 through 1995 and since the manga series has produced several anime series which include "Dragon Ball", "Dragon Ball Z", "Dragon Ball GT" and currently in Japan, a new HD broadcasting of "Dragon Ball Kai" and in 2009, an American live action film titled "Dragonball Evolution" was released worldwide.
"Dragon Ball" is the first arc of the series which aired in Japan from 1986 through 1989 and lasted for 153 episodes. The series was released by Harmony Gold USA in the late 80's and then by FUNimation Entertainment in 1995 and uncut episodes were released on DVD in 2003.
And now the episodes have been released in the USA uncut, remastered and digitally restored. In Feb. 2010, the third season of "Dragon Ball" was released with 31 episodes on five discs.
"Dragon Ball - Season Three" features a total of 31 episodes on five DVD's. Here is a spoiler-less summary of each episode:
* EPISODE 62 - Sacred Water - Goku tries to get the magic water from Korin. * EPISODE 63 - The Return of Goku - Goku goes to find Mercenary Tao. * EPISODE 64 - The Last of Mercenary Tao - Mercenary Tao tries to climb the Tower of Korin. * EPISODE 65 - Confront the Red Army - Goku goes to confront the Red Ribbon Army. * EPISODE 66 - A Real Bind - Goku goes to take on Commander Red. * EPISODE 67 - The End of Commander Red - Goku vs. Officer Black * EPISODE 68 - The Last Dragon Ball - Goku vs. Commander Black * EPISODE 69 - Who is Fortuneteller Baba? - Goku and friends go to meet Fortuneteller Baba in order to find the seventh Dragon Ball.
* EPISODE 70 - We Are the Five Warriors - Fortuneteller Baba sets the rules in order for her to help Goku. Her five vs. Gokyu, Krillin, Yamcha, Puar and Upu. * EPISODE 71 - Deadly Battle - Yamcha fights the next battle after Krillins fight with Fangs. * EPISODE 72 - Goku's Turn - Yamacha takes on Bandages the mummy. * EPISODE 73 - The Devilmite Beam - Goku vs. Bandages the mummy. * EPISODE 74 - The Mysterious Fifth Man - Goku vs. Spike the Devil Man * EPISODE 75 - The Strong Ones - Goku takes on the mysterious fifth warrior.
* EPISODE 76 - True Colors of the Masked Man - Who is the mysterious fifth warrior? * EPISODE 77 - Pilaf's Tactics - Pilaf has the final Dragon Ball but wants to make a wager against Goku in order to get all six Dragon Balls. * EPISODE 78 - The Eternal Dragon Rises - Goku and Upu call the Eternal Dragon. * EPISODE 79 - Terror and Plague - Goku begins his solo adventures. The first helping Chao save her village. * EPISODE 80 - Goku vs. Sky Dragon - Goku goes to another village to help another person in need. * EPISODE 81 - Goku Goes to Demon Land - When Goku goes to a village, a girl was kidnapped by a demon. Now Goku goes to save her. * EPISODE 82 - The Rampage of InoShikaCho - The beast InaShikaCho is causing damage and destruction and Goku goes to help the villagers who fear the monster.
* EPISODE 83 - Which Way to Papaya Island? - Two years have passed and now it's time for the World Martial Arts Tournament and a slightly taller Goku goes to join his friends. * EPISODE 84 - Rivals and Arrivals - With the World Martial Arts Tournament beginning, Yamcha and Krillin wonder where Goku could be. * EPISODE 85 - Preliminary Peril - Yamcha and Krillin take on their first match against their challengers. * EPISODE 86 - Then There Were Eight - Goku takes on King Chapa * EPISODE 87 - Yamcha vs. Tien - Yamcha takes on Tien * EPISODE 88 - Yamcha's Big Break - Yamcha and Tien continue their battle. * EPISODE 89 - Full-Moon Vengeance - Jackie Chun vs. the Man Wolf
* EPISODE 90 - The Dodon Wave - Krillin vs. Chiaotzu * EPISODE 91 - Counting Controversy! - Continuing the battle between Krillin vs. Chiatozu. * EPISODE 92 - Goku Enters the Ring - Goku takes on the movie star challenger Pamput.
VIDEO & AUDIO:
When I first saw "Dragon Ball", it was probably back in 1992 and the quality of this raw Japanese video was so rough and hard to watch, it was just bad. Several years later, I was able to catch the first few episodes that aired on television but the problem was that the schedule was inconsistent and our television network was quite bad.
So, it is great to see this uncut, remastered and digitally restored version on DVD. Presented in its original format of 4:3, one thing I noticed is how good this anime series looked on DVD. The series is nearly 25 years old and just watching it, FUNimation Entertainment did a great job in bringing this series out and making it look very good. Granted, it is not free of blemishes, there is some dust, you will see a bit of compression but for the most part, compared to what we had available years ago or over a decade ago, I'm quite content with this remastered version of the series.
As for the audio, similar to the recent FUNimation Entertainment "Dragon Ball Z" and "Dragon Ball GT" releases, the English voice track with original Japanese music comes in 5.1 Surround, while the Japanese voice track is in its original Japanese mono. I watched both English and Japanese and of course, there are some changes in the English dialogue (ie. Master Roshi and in the Japanese track, Kamesama Sennen) and grew up watching the original Japanese version but for the most part, I have enjoyed the "Dragon Ball Z" and "Dragon Ball GT" dubwork and similar to those two series, I found th English dubwork for "Dragon Ball" to be quite solid. Dialogue is clear and understandable and for audio settings, for both audio tracks, I found the best setting for me was to select on my receiver "Stereo on all Channels".
Subtitles are in English.
"Dragon Ball - Season Three" comes with the textless opening and closing theme songs and FUNimation Entertainment trailers plus a 24-page booklet with character information and episode synopsis.
So, far this latest volume of "Dragon Ball" is my favorite yet. For "Dragon Ball Z" fans who enjoyed more action-oriented storylines, this volume is definitely action-driven.
Also, we get a glimpse of situations that become important in the "Dragon Ball Z" storyline such as Goku getting acquainted with Korin and Goku having his first sensu bean. Also, plenty of battles with Goku taking on Mercenary Tao, the Red Ribbon Army and also the World Martial Arts Tournament where we get to see future Z-warriors Tien and Chiaotzu.
There really is nothing negative that can be said about this latest volume. If you are a "Dragon Ball" fan, it's simply a must buy. This is the best release I have seen of the anime series thus far in the US and the fact that you are getting over 30 episodes in one set is an amazing deal.
And if you have collected the first two seasons, it just gets better from there and expect about two more volumes of "Dragon Ball", just in time as FUNimation Entertainment prepares its HD release of "Dragon Ball Z Kai" (note: "Dragon Ball Z" is currently available, also in its uncut Japanese version featured in the "Dragon Box" DVD sets from FUNimation Entertainment". Hopefully, we will see a re-release or maybe a Blu-ray release of the "Dragon Ball" films.
Overall, "Dragon Ball - Season Three" is another awesome volume for the series and its literally a series that gets better and better. Definitely recommended!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
AwesomeJan. 4 2013
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Exactly what my Fiancee wanted. He was so excited and can't wait to watch them all. Just waiting for Season 1 to get here.